If this January felt like it was 72 days long, this week has felt like it’s been 172 days. Every morning I’ve woken up thinking it was Thursday (yes, even Monday), which has been so incredible painful. But, it’s Friday, and at least I’ve got these 10 wonderful moments to look back on…
#1. My Nan Coming Up
Last weekend was an unusual one for me, because rather than me flitting off somewhere for a few days, I had someone coming to me for a change! My nan came up from Essex for the weekend and we spent a few days shopping around the local area, hanging out in coffee shops (she has an obsession with lattes…) and snuggled up under blankets in my front room. It’s so nice when someone comes to visit our new flat for the first time!
#2. Oh, and This Moment is Probably my Favourite Moment of 2018 So Far
#3. Classic Audrey Hepburn Movies
For some reason, I’ve never actually seen any Audrey Hepburn movies. At all. Ever. That was rectified this week when I saw Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and fell absolutely head-over-heels with it. Also, I love Cat! Who doesn’t love a ginger cat in a classic movie, eh? I’m stupidly excited that that are loads more Audrey Hepburn movies on Sky Movies to check out, so that’s my Easter weekend sorted. Any that I should prioritise and watch asap? Let me know!
#4. Sorting Out My Finances
Ugh. So the not fun side of this is that I read the other week that in your 20s you should be putting aside 12% of your monthly income for your pension, which is obviously super easy to do when you’re trying to pay rent in London, save money for travel, keep two Dreamies-obsessed ginger cats and have enough money to eat.
This week, though, I sat down with a view to sorting out my finances, because I’m so fed up with running out of money two weeks before pay day. Writing out all my outgoings and prioritising my savings has made me feel strangely calmer about life, and I’m excited to put my plans into action and get my finances sorted once and for all.
#5. Meal Prepping
…and with the ‘sorting out my finances’ fun comes something just as exciting: prepping my lunches for the week. Honestly, I lead such an exciting life, it’s ridiculous.
Last Sunday I sat down and rustled up some lunches for the week which was actually quite therapeutic. So far this week, I’ve spent absolutely £0 on food (um, apart from the Nando’s I just had, but that doesn’t count), and it feels good to not be dipping into my bank account every day.
#6. This H&M top
When I saw this top in H&M the other day, I just had to get it. Long sleeves, stripes, and a slogan about Saturday? YES PLEASE, get into my wardrobe immediately.
But yeah, I promise I am really trying hard to look after my finances. I swear…
#7. Catching up with old friends
So, about that Nando’s. It was completely justified. I managed to catch up with a uni friend who I travelled to Hong Kong with back in 2012, and who now lives in Dubai. She’s popped back for a fortnight, and it was my first time seeing her in two years! I love that feeling of meeting up with people you haven’t seen in such a long time, but slipping back into old ways within seconds!
#8. On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher
I finished my second book of the year, and it was a goodun’: On The Other Side by Carrie Hope Fletcher. It’s about an 82-year-old woman who passes away in her sleep, but finds her soul is too heavy for her to pass through into her own private heaven. To lighten her soul, she must return to earth and share the secrets that she’s held onto her whole life.
It was a big change to my first book of the year (The Guilty Wife by Elle Croft), but it was a pleasant one all the same. Towards the end I was falling over the words as I flicked through the pages to try and quickly find out what was going to happen next!
I’m probably hundreds of years behind everyone else, but I’ve just recently stumbled upon Trouva and I couldn’t be more obsessed with it if I tried. A marketplace for independent boutiques, I’ve been able to pick up some gorgeous unusual birthday presents from here. A little bit expensive, but definitely worth checking out if you’re looking to buy something for someone special!
#10. Columbia Road
I always forget how close my work is to Columbia Road, so this week I made a concerted effort to go for a walk at lunchtime. I love the row of short, colourful shops – it definitely makes you feel like you’re in more of a quaint town than in London! I also found the ~*jazziest*~ wall ever. Got to love a good wall.